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  • Danish nationalists urge temporary ban on Muslim migrants

    07/28/2016 5:26:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2016 7:21 AM EDT
    The Danish People’s Party, an anti-immigration and nationalist group that supports the center-right government, says Denmark should halt immigration from Muslim countries, citing the threat of violence from Islamic extremists. In an interview published Thursday, deputy party leader Soeren Espersen told the Berlingske newspaper that Muslim migrants should be barred from entering Denmark for four to six years because “we need a respite after recent terrorist attacks in Europe.” …
  • German FM: Trump victory could affect trans-Atlantic ties

    07/28/2016 5:19:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2016 3:26 AM EDT
    Germany’s foreign minister says a victory for Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential elections could affect trans-Atlantic ties. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in an interview published Thursday that if the Republican candidate wins the presidency it would mean “a lot of uncertainty for the trans-Atlantic relationship.” …
  • French workers 'pay the most taxes in Europe'

    07/26/2016 10:01:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 26 Jul 2016 17:02 GMT+02:00
    The French are paying the most taxes out of all of Europe’s workers, an annual report shows, but are they getting value for money? […] An annual study by the liberal think tank the Molinari Institute has concluded that French workers are the most taxed in Europe — above even the Belgians who have previously held the unfortunate title. […] Based on figures from EY (formerly Ernst and Young), French workers hand over some 57.5 percent of their salaries to the state in various kinds of taxes compared to 56.9 percent in Belgium. …
  • How will Germany change after string of bloody attacks?

    07/25/2016 3:28:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Jul 2016 14:56 GMT+02:00 | Jörg Luyken
    Within seven days Germany has been hit by four bloody attacks on innocent people on its streets and on a train. What does this unprecedented string of murders mean for the country? […] … Public opinion turned strongly against the welcoming culture after sexual assaults in Cologne and Hamburg over New Year, around half of the suspects for which arrived as refugees over the preceding 12 months. The great influx of refugees which took place in the second half of 2015 came to an end months ago, with monthly arrivals now comparable to the numbers that crossed the border in...
  • Germany: Muslim bomber carried powerful explosives, authorities say no evidence of “extremism”

    07/25/2016 6:54:28 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 43 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 07/24/2016 | Robert Spencer
    “An explosion outside a bar in the southern German city of Ansbach, Bavaria, has left at least one person dead and 12 others injured. A large-scale investigation has been launched into what is believed to have been a “deliberate” act. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees will reveal why the suspect’s asylum application had previously been rejected later in the day Herrmann noted that those who are “seeking protection in Germany, must show full respect for the German legal system and the German population.” “The minister added that the attack demonstrated the need “to strengthen controls on those we...
  • Protesting migrants ask EU leaders why borders are closed

    07/24/2016 9:17:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2016 5:27 PM EDT | Ivana Bzganovic
    A group of migrants and asylum-seekers who set off two days ago on a protest march toward Hungary reached the European Union-member state’s border on Sunday, saying they want to ask European leaders why it is closed for the thousands fleeing war and poverty. Walking slowly under a Serbian police escort, several dozen people approached Serbia’s border with Hungary in a bid to protest Budapest’s decision to keep it shut for most asylum-seekers, which has left several thousand people stranded in Serbia. “We all are humans and we are all here because we have lots of problems in our own...
  • 'It's their own fault' — Trump slams France and Germany (barf alert)

    07/24/2016 12:08:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    AFP via The Local ^ | 24 Jul 2016 16:40 GMT+02:00
    Republican White House nominee Donald Trump has said that France, Germany and other nations hit by recent terror attacks had only themselves to blame “because they allowed people to come into their territory.” Trump was asked in an interview airing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to expand on his proposal to suspend immigration from what he calls countries “compromised by terrorism” until vetting mechanisms are in place. “I’m going to be coming out over the next few weeks with a number of the places,” said Trump according to an excerpt of the interview. “We have problems in Germany, and...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Machete-wielding Syrian refugee kills woman and injures two..(Germany)

    07/24/2016 9:41:29 AM PDT · by PROCON · 156 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | July 24, 2016 | JENNIFER NEWTON
    A Syrian refugee wielding a machete has killed a woman and injured two other people in Germany before being arrested by police. The attack happened in the south western city of Reutlingen near a doner kebab stand at Listplatz Square. German media have been reporting that the motive for the attack in the city south of Stuttgart was unclear. Pictures from the scene appear to show the knifeman lying on the ground with blood on his face. Armed police officers can be seen pinning him down to the ground before binding his hands behind his back. . One eyewitness told...
  • Munich gunman planned attacks for one year: officials

    07/24/2016 6:15:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Jul 2016 14:59 GMT+02:00
    The teenage gunman who killed nine people in Munich on Friday had been planning his attack for a year, according to German authorities. “He had been preparing (the shooting) for a year,” Bavarian police chief Robert Heimberger told a news conference. David Sonboly, 18, who had a Glock pistol and more than 300 bullets, killed himself after the attack. […] Heimberger said the killer had paid a visit last year to the town of Winnenden — the scene of a previous school shooting in 2009 — and taken photographs. …
  • MUNICH SHOOTING: 10 dead including 'IRANIAN' gunman & 20 hurt after shopping mall attack

    07/22/2016 6:50:59 PM PDT · by freespirit2012 · 171 replies
    Daily Express ^ | ZOIE O'BRIEN
    POLICE have revealed the gunman who killed nine people and injured at least 20 others at a Munich shopping mall is an 18-year-old German of Iranian descent.
  • Varadkar proposes tying welfare payments to inflation (Ireland)

    07/22/2016 11:01:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 21/07/2016 8:12 PM | Michael Sheils McNamee
    Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has thrown his political weight behind indexing welfare payments to inflation. Speaking at MacGill Summer School in Donegal, the Dublin TD struck a socially aware tone throughout his speech — referring to the period of economic downturn as “Ireland’s lost decade” and bemoaning a stalling in living standards. “Were it not for social welfare payments over half of the country would be at risk of poverty,” he said, before he emphasized the need to “protect the value of these payments now and into the future”. “I believe this can best be done by indexing...
  • 'It's like a death': Divorced people are at higher risk of psychiatric illness in Ireland

    07/22/2016 10:43:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 22/07/2016 6:10 AM | Darragh Peter Murphy
    Divorced people are much more likely to be admitted to hospital for psychiatric illness than their single, married or widowed counterparts, according to new figures from the Health Research Board. The Activities of Irish Psychiatric Units and Hospitals 2015 report shows that 17,860 people were admitted to hospital for psychiatric care last year, a small increase from 17,797 in 2014. Overall, the numbers of new cases continues to rise, both year-on-year and over a 10-year period. […] … (A)lthough divorced people accounted for only 4% of all admissions, they had the highest rate of all admissions — at 759.9 per...
  • Germany stresses defense of Baltics after Trump comments

    07/22/2016 9:17:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Jul 2016 15:39 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany on Friday stressed its promise to protect its NATO allies after White House hopeful Donald Trump called the commitment into question. “The German government is fundamentally committed to Article Five of the NATO treaty. That is the central promise of solidarity within the alliance,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters when asked about Trump’s remarks. “Collective defense according to Article Five is and remains the main duty of NATO,” Seibert added, noting that the pledge had once again been renewed at a NATO summit this month in Warsaw. …
  • Three quarters of Germans fear terror attack 'soon'

    07/22/2016 8:58:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Jul 2016 16:34 GMT+02:00
    A vast majority of Germans believe terrorism will soon strike Germany, with 77 percent fearing an attack will take place in the near future, according to a new survey. That figure has shot up from 69 percent just two weeks ago, although that isn’t a huge surprise, given that the intervening weeks have seen not only a huge attack in Nice, France, on the country’s national day, but also Monday night’s attack on a train in Bavaria which left four people seriously injured. Both attacks were claimed by the terror group ISIS. […] Supporters of the Green Party were the...
  • A Guantánamo 'à la française' on an idyllic French Island?

    07/21/2016 11:00:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 21 Jul 2016 17:35 GMT+02:00
    As France searches for ways to deal with the threat from jihadists, lawmakers are suggesting radical ideas with one suggesting a French Guantánamo should be opened on an idyllic island off the west coast. The tranquil island of Ile de Ré, which lies just off the La Rochelle on France’s west coast, is used to welcoming tourists from the UK and France in search of peace and quiet. […] George Fenech, MP for center-right Les Republicains party, believes a Guantánamo à la Française could be set up on the island to house all those jihadists who are expected to return...
  • EU slaps record cartel fine of $3.24 billion on truck firms

    07/20/2016 10:01:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 19, 2016 10:45 AM EDT | Raf Casert
    The European Union has slapped its biggest ever cartel fine, worth $3.24 billion and twice the previous record, on several of Europe’s top truck producers for colluding to keep prices artificially high at the expense of consumers. EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said EU-based MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF “colluded on the pricing and on passing on the costs for meeting environmental standards to customers.” Germany’s Daimler received the biggest fine of €1 billion ($1.1 billion), followed by €752 million ($832 million) for DAF of the Netherlands, €670 million ($741 million) for Volvo/Renault and €494 million ($546 million) for...
  • The shocking moment a bus driver beats up asylum seeker (Sweden)

    07/20/2016 6:36:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 20 Jul 2016 11:28 GMT+02:00
    A Swedish bus company has apologized after a video emerged of one of its drivers verbally and physically abusing a Syrian asylum seeker. The man, an asylum seeker from Syria staying on Öland, an island off the east coast of Sweden, told regional newspaper Barometern that the incident took place on Tuesday morning on the 6.15am bus to Borgholm. […] He said it was not the first time the bus driver had refused to allow residents at the asylum center to travel and decided to snap a picture of the man. When the bus reached its next stop, the driver...
  • Merkel chief of staff: refugees don’t pose higher terror risk

    07/20/2016 6:01:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Jul 2016 10:01 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Chief of Staff Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday evening in response to the Würzburg axe attack that refugees are no more likely than anyone else to commit terrorist atrocities. All the evidence from the last 12 months shows that the danger of terrorism posed by refugees “is not larger or smaller than that in the rest of the population”, Altmaier told broadcaster ZDF. The chief of staff was making the comment after a 17-year-old who had arrived in Germany in 2015 claiming to have fled from Afghanistan, attacked passengers with an axe on a train near Würzburg,...
  • Deutsche Bank to close almost 200 branches

    07/18/2016 5:50:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Jul 2016 09:04 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Germany’s largest lender is set to shut over a quarter of its branches across the country as the company goes through a major restructuring process. The closures are set to take place over the next few months, with 188 of Deutsche Bank’s 723 branches nationwide due to close their doors. […] After recording colossal losses of around €7 billion in 2015, the Frankfurt lender is desperately seeking ways to cut costs. […] The bank said it hopes to redirect funds to digital banking, in which it hopes to invest €750 million by 2020. …
  • Anti-Semitism 'widespread' among German extreme left

    07/18/2016 1:01:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Jul 2016 13:05 GMT+02:00
    A study from the Free University Berlin (FU) suggests that anti-Semitic attitudes among the German far left are more widespread than is generally believed. Thirty-four percent of those categorized by the research group as “extreme left” agreed with the statement that Jews had “too much influence” in Germany. Even among the radical left — which differs from the “extreme left” in the definitions used by the study in that extreme left attitudes are incompatible with democracy and the German constitution — the figure of those agreeing with the statement was worryingly high, at 16 percent. […] A high proportion of...
  • Nostalgic Germans hoarding billions of Deutschmarks

    07/18/2016 12:29:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Jul 2016 16:09 GMT+02:00 | [DPA/The Local (With Reporting by Verity Middleton)]
    Fourteen years after the introduction of the Euro in cash, Germans are still holding onto their Deutschmarks (DM), mainly for the sentimental value attached to them. The DM, which was introduced in West Germany in 1948 under Allied rule and adopted in East Germany in 1990, was replaced by the Euro in 2002. On the 31st of December 2001, DM banknotes to the value of €76.57 billion were in circulation. Since then, “more than 95% of DM banknotes in circulation have been exchanged” for Euros, Dorit Feldbrügge from the Bundesbank (German Central Bank) told The Local. But that means that...
  • NATO and the EU Agree to End Their Rivalry

    07/17/2016 11:51:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Carnegie Europe ^ | Friday, July 8, 2016 | Judy Dempsey
    It has taken five major crises to convince the EU and NATO that it was time to set aside their differences and cooperate. This is what they announced just before NATO leaders began their summit on July 8–9 in the Polish capital of Warsaw. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the EU and NATO had agreed on a timetable for coordinating exercises, including hybrid operations, that should begin in 2017. The two organizations will also try to promote stronger defense industries and greater defense research and industrial cooperation in Europe and across the Atlantic. …
  • "But, But, But, Mohamed Bouhlel Ate Pork and Drank Alcohol….”

    07/15/2016 3:53:28 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 43 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | July 15, 2016 | Ann Barnhardt
    Of course he did. Because as I keep saying and BEGGING people to comprehend, islam is not a religion, it is a political system. All of the seemingly-religious aspects are pure theater, which only the truly gullible (due often to low IQs resulting from centuries of epidemic inbreeding) follow. The 9/11 hijackers spent their final days as fixtures in strip clubs, drinking like fish. The largest cultural block of pornography consumers is musloids. The highest per capita rates of homosexuality, pedophilia, and bestiality are among musloids. Think of it in terms of Communism. I mean by-the-book Communism. NO ONE believes...
  • Every third German baby born out of wedlock

    07/15/2016 11:45:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 Jul 2016 17:00 GMT+02:00
    One in three babies in Germany are born to parents who haven’t tied the knot, according to a new report. The report by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research this week showed that 35 percent of babies born in Germany in 2014 came into the world with unmarried parents. And the study also revealed that there was great contrast between former East and West Germany, according to broadcaster Deutschlandfunk. The more religious and wealthy West saw 29 percent of new little bundles of joy born to unwed parents, compared to nearly 60 percent in the former states of socialist East...
  • Nice Terror Attack: What They're NOT Telling You (video)

    07/15/2016 10:43:01 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 58 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 15, 2016 | Paul Joseph Watson
    "How many dead bodies on the streets of Europe will it take for leftists to realize that we are at war?"
  • Swedish Mother Opens Up Home To Refugee Who Promptly Assaults Her Daughter

    07/15/2016 12:11:22 AM PDT · by grundle · 78 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 8, 2016 | Jonah Bennett
    A Swedish mother decided it would be a good idea to open up her home to a male refugee from Eritrea, and so she kicked her daughter out of her room to make space. That refugee then decided to sexually assault her 10-year-old daughter. In the summer of 2015, a mother of three children in Sweden brought two third world asylum seekers into her home. To make space, she decided to move her daughter Emma into her own room. On the eve of Aug. 18, 2015, Emma awoke to find Isaac squeezing her chest. She suffered breast pain after the...
  • 'If Germany could vote, Hillary would win hands down'

    07/14/2016 11:01:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 100 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 Jul 2016 17:34 GMT+02:00 | Dr. Harry Friebel, professor of sociology at Hamburg University
    Germans think Trump would be a disaster for the USA and the rest of the world, argues Hamburg professor Dr. Harry Friebel in an opinion piece for The Local. […]If Germany could vote, the outcome would be clear: Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would win hands down against the Republican’s combustible and unpredictable Donald Trump. Different surveys on the preferences of Germans for the 45th president of the US come to similar conclusions: The magazine Stern reported on the results of its own survey “Germany Chooses” that 80 percent of Germans would vote for Clinton and 20 percent for Trump. […]...
  • Exiting British PM David Cameron: 'I Was the Future Once'

    07/13/2016 4:23:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    AP via CNS News ^ | July 13, 2016 | 4:42 PM EDT | (Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka)
    Theresa May entered No. 10 Downing St. on Wednesday as Britain’s new prime minister, following a bittersweet exit by David Cameron that was tinged with humor and regret. “I was the future once,” Cameron quipped as he left office. But that future now belongs to May, and it involves instability, uncertainty and tough wrangling over Britain’s departure from the European Union. […] May promised to fight for social justice in a speech that addressed “hard-working families” who have struggled during the years of instability since the 2008 financial crisis. Many of those people, fed up with remote politicians and bureaucrats,...
  • Germany: Brexit a chance to improve EU military cooperation

    07/13/2016 6:02:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2016 9:00 AM EDT
    Germany’s defense minister says Britain’s decision to leave the European Union offers an opportunity to press ahead with greater military cooperation in the bloc. Ursula von der Leyen says Britain for years “consistently blocked everything that had Europe written on it,” citing the example of a mobile European hospital some countries wanted to deploy to crisis regions. …
  • Russian mafia 'increasingly active' in Germany

    07/11/2016 10:27:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 Jul 2016 15:28 GMT+02:00
    The Russian mafia is becoming “increasingly active” in Germany, with networks recruiting in German prisons and groups bringing in billions of euros each year, Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) has warned. “The Russian-Eurasian organized criminality is very dynamic,” BKA President Holger Münch told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. “They are already expanding in the west.” One of the most dangerous groups, according to Münch, is the so-called “Thieves in law” (Diebe im Gesetz) gang, founded in Stalin’s labor camps. The group from the former Soviet Union have their own “laws” and a secret language, and is thought to be...
  • Property firms expect Frankfurt to win big on Brexit

    07/11/2016 5:04:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 Jul 2016 14:32 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German property firms expect a boom in Frankfurt as financial businesses move activities and staff out of London in the wake of Brexit, an industry survey showed on Monday. A majority of 72 percent of respondents believed financial center Frankfurt, rather than rivals Dublin, Paris, or Amsterdam, would gain the most from Britain leaving the European Union, the study of 555 firms by consultants Ernst & Young (EY) found. The German property market as a whole would get a boost from Brexit, 57 percent of those polled said, with large majorities expecting prices for commercial and residential properties to increase....
  • Germany to set out central role in EU defense plans

    07/11/2016 12:44:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 Jul 2016 08:47 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    “Economic giant, political dwarf” — that is how the world long viewed post-World War II Germany, the European export power reluctant to use military muscle in global conflicts. It is an image that Europe’s most populous country wants to shed as it gradually assumes a bigger defense role, within the frameworks of NATO and the European Union. That ambition, the outcome of a debate that began two decades ago, is the message of Germany’s new military roadmap, the defense ministry’s so-called White Paper, to be released Wednesday. […] The paper, the first of its kind issued in a decade, envisions...
  • Former EU President Hired As New Chairman of Goldman Sachs International

    07/09/2016 7:33:17 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 12 replies
    breitbart.com/london/ ^ | 9 Jul 2016 | Liam Deacon
    The former president of the of the European Commission, the European Union’s (EU) unelected executive arm, has been recruited as the new boss of international operations at Goldman Sachs, who funded the official anti-Brexit campaign. In May, in the run-up to the referendum, figures released by the Electoral Commission revealed that Goldman Sachs had quietly donated £500,000 to Britain Stronger in Europe – the official, government back anti-Brexit campaign – shortly before February when donations had to be declared.
  • Merkel's popularity continues to grow with Germans

    07/09/2016 10:57:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 09 Jul 2016 14:24 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s popularity has rebounded after the British vote to leave the EU, an opinion poll showed Saturday, reversing a fall in her appeal caused by the refugee crisis. The poll was the second in a few days to suggest a popularity boost for the German leader. Saturday’s poll, commissioned jointly by Stern magazine and Die Welt newspaper and carried out by the Forsa market research institute, showed Ms. Merkel’s appeal up two points to 48 percent. “What’s more, three quarters of CSU supporters now back Merkel,” said Forsa director Manfred Gullner, referring to the southern German affiliate...
  • EU parliament urges Myanmar to protect Rohingya minority [Muslims]

    07/08/2016 7:08:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 07/08/2016 | (EurActiv.com with AFP)
    The European Parliament on Thursday (7 July) urged Myanmar to end what it termed “brutal repression” and “systematic persecution” against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi insisted in May that her new government was determined to address deep hatreds in western Rakhine State, where tens of thousands of Rohingya are confined to squalid displacement camps after waves of deadly unrest with local Buddhists in 2012. But Kyi and her administration have been widely criticized for not speaking up sufficiently for the group in a country where nationalists even refuse to use the term “Rohingya,” which...
  • Post-Brexit, Germans feel more positively about the EU

    07/08/2016 9:35:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 08 Jul 2016 11:07 GMT+02:00
    Germans are more satisfied with the EU following Britain’s vote to leave, according to the monthly ARD-Deutschlandtrend poll, carried out by political research institute Infratest Dimap. Fifty-two percent said that membership of the bloc has more advantages than disadvantages; this figure stood at 46 percent on June 24th, the day after Britain’s vote to leave, and 39 percent on June 21st leading up to the referendum. The poll has put the same question to voters regularly; back in 1999, just 20 percent had answered that the advantages of membership outweigh the disadvantages. […] However, Germans are not totally satisfied with...
  • Brexit vote to shrink German exports to UK: industry survey

    07/07/2016 9:24:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 07 Jul 2016 16:48 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German firms expect exports to Britain to tumble five percent next year in the wake of the Britain’s vote to quit the EU, an industry survey showed on Thursday. The German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) also revised its projection for 2016 to a one-percent drop rather than five percent growth. The figures were based on a survey of 5,600 businesses that export to Britain following the June 23 referendum in which 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the EU. Britain is currently Germany’s third-largest export market, buying up €89 billion of goods in 2015. …
  • Scottish youngsters squeezed out of university by SNP cap amid warnings of post-Brexit crisis

    07/07/2016 1:01:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7 July 2016 • 5:59AM | Simon Johnson
    Scottish school leavers are being squeezed out of university by SNP government policies and the situation will get worse for middle-class children, according to an official report published amid warnings of an impending Brexit funding crisis. Audit Scotland found that a cap on places for Scottish and EU students, imposed so that free tuition is affordable to the public purse, has not kept pace with the increasing number of applications. Its report said this meant it has become “more difficult” for Scottish youngsters to win a place and warned that implementing Nicola Sturgeon’s plan to “widen access” to more youngsters...
  • GOP Senators Push for Free-Trade Agreement With Post-Brexit UK

    07/06/2016 9:48:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 6, 2016 | 1:51 PM EDT | Emily Blatter
    Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), are calling on President Obama to negotiate a new free-trade agreement with the United Kingdom (UK) following the UK’s “Brexit” from the European Union last month. The proposed United Kingdom Trade Continuity Act the two GOP senators co-sponsored states that it will “provide for the continuation with respect to the United Kingdom of existing commercial agreements between the United States and the European Union, [and] encourage the President to expeditiously negotiate a new comprehensive bilateral trade agreement with the United Kingdom.” The bill, introduced less than a week after the June 24...
  • [German finance minister] Schäuble warns of 'race to bottom' after UK tax cut plans

    07/06/2016 4:11:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 06 Jul 2016 17:02 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Wednesday he opposes a race of competitive tax cuts in Europe after Britain indicated it may slash corporate tax. “We have no intention to start some sort of ‘race to the bottom’,” said Schäuble about plans by Britain’s finance minister George Osborne to slash corporation tax to avoid a business exodus after the June 23 Brexit vote. […] “We’re not opposed to fiscal competition,” he said, but it has to be “fair”, he added. …
  • Over a third of single-parent families depend on welfare [Germany]

    07/06/2016 2:37:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 06 Jul 2016 09:50 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Children growing up in single-parent households are nearly five times more likely to depend on welfare payments, a study revealed Wednesday. Germany’s 2.3 million children being raised in single-parent households are disproportionately at risk of poverty. A study done by the Bertelsmann Foundation said that more than a third of single-parent families (37.6 percent) were dependent on Hartz IV social benefits. Only 7.6 percent of two-parent households are dependent on the payments. […] One in five families in Germany are single-parent households. …
  • EU countries employ slave laborers from North Korea, rights group reveals

    07/06/2016 1:42:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Jul. 6, 2016 1:56 (updated: 2:08) | (EurActiv.com with agencies)
    North Korea has sent hundreds of workers to labor as “state-sponsored slaves” in member states as Pyongyang seeks to circumvent international sanctions aimed at starving it of money over its nuclear weapons program, rights campaigners said on Wednesday (5 July). North Korean laborers commonly work 10-12 hour shifts, six days a week, but up to 90% of their pay is sent back to the hermit state, according to the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea (EAHRNK). Most are working in Polish shipyards, construction sites and farms. North Koreans are also employed in leisure and clothing firms in Malta,...
  • VW, Daimler raided as part of antitrust investigation

    07/05/2016 2:57:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Jul 2016 12:36 GMT+02:00
    Volkswagen, Daimler, and Bosch are suspected of colluding on steel prices, leading to raids on their offices by the federal competition watchdog, it was reported on Tuesday. […] Six companies were raided during the search, which was conducted by 50 antitrust agents with the support of local police and state prosecutors, the Schwäbische Zeitung reports. (Spokesperson for the Bundeskartellamt Kay) Weidner said no charges have been filed, adding that the searches do not mean that antitrust laws were violated. …
  • Bundesbank chief: Brexit is ‘political crisis’

    07/05/2016 12:59:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Jul 4, 2016 | By Saskia Littmann | WirtschaftsWoche | Translated By Samuel Morgan
    The UK’s decision to leave is already being felt in mainland Europe; the German economy has been hit by the result as well, the president of Germany’s central bank told EurActiv’s partner WirtschaftsWoche. Jens Weidmann, the president of Deutsche Bundesbank, said that he was very disappointed with the result of the 23 June referendum. “This decision is very unfortunate and is, in my view, a mistake,” Weidmann said at a speech made in Munich. However, like most high-profile figures commenting on the result, he urged the decision to be respected and dealt with. The banking chief also said that the...
  • EU Commissioner wants fines for Spain, Portugal

    07/05/2016 12:28:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Jul 2016 08:01 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany’s EU Commissioner Günther Öttinger said in a newspaper interview Monday that Spain and Portugal should be fined by Brussels for missing their 2015 deficit targets. “Neither country met the budget commitments that they had both set themselves,” Öttinger told the mass-circulation daily Bild. “I believe that if the EU Commission is to maintain its credibility regarding the budget rules, then we will have to impose sanctions on Spain and Portugal,” he continued. […] On Friday, another EU Commissioner, Valdis Dombrovskis, had suggested that Brussels could freeze the structural funding for the two countries. …
  • British vote won't stop EU enlargement, say France, Germany

    07/04/2016 2:55:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 4, 2016 3:01 PM EDT
    The leaders of France and Germany assured prospective EU members in the Balkans on Monday that the British vote to leave the union won’t threaten eventual enlargement of the bloc. Balkan nations that survived wars and political breakups in the 1990s worry they will face more hurdles to membership as the EU struggles to keep itself together. And pro-Russian forces in countries such as Serbia are hoping to sway the region toward Moscow and away from the West, as the Brexit vote throws European unity into question. French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to soothe worries...
  • Obama backtracks on UK trade warning to limit Brexit fallout

    07/04/2016 2:43:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 2, 2016 2:05 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama is backtracking on his warning that Britain would go to the “back of the queue” for a U.S. trade deal, as he tries to contain the fallout of the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union. The shift in tone illustrates how Britain’s vote has abruptly scrambled Obama’s reality. Where the president had tried to encourage the U.K. not to rashly abandon the European bloc, he now must reassure Britain that its decision to do so won’t mean its demise. His priority of locking in trade deals before leaving office now becomes a distant second, behind the...
  • [Germany’s] Vice-Chancellor calls to offer young Brits dual citizenship

    07/04/2016 12:52:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Jul 2016 14:55 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The German vice-Chancellor said on Saturday that Germany needs to support young Brits after the UK voted to leave the EU. European countries need to think about what they can offer young British people living in their countries, Sigmar Gabriel said, after the Brexit vote left many facing an uncertain future, Spiegel reports. Despite the UK voting by a narrow majority to leave the European Union, young people voted largely for the Remain camp. “They knew better than the snobs in the British elite that this was about their future,” Gabriel said at meeting of his Social Democratic Party (SPD)...
  • Germany derides 'disgraceful' Farage after resignation

    07/04/2016 12:16:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Jul 2016 17:08 GMT+02:00
    German politicians and media organizations from across the political spectrum have been scathing about Nigel Farage after he announced his resignation as leader of UKIP, Britain’s anti-EU political party. Farage announced on Monday that he was stepping down as leader of UKIP, saying he wanted his life back. But critics have accused him of irresponsibility, as the decision means he will disappear from the political limelight with the UK’s exit from the EU, which he has long sought, looking set to become reality. “First they lied and stirred up anger, then they created chaos and now they’ve run away. Nigel...
  • EU supporters parade through London in 'March for Europe'

    07/02/2016 7:12:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 2, 2016 8:03 AM EDT
    Thousands of European Union supporters are singing, dancing and marching through the streets of London to protest the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU. Saturday’s 2-mile (3-kilometer) “March for Europe” from Hyde Park to Parliament was organized on social media. Many of the marchers say they expect lawmakers to block any moves to leave the 28-nation bloc, a move backed by 52 percent of voters in the June 23 referendum. …